Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | July 18, 2019

A long time ago in galaxy far far away….

Is this about “Star Wars”? Well, not really, but it does have a space connection.



So let me start by asking, what do Shakespeare, Galileo and Rembrandt have in common?


No idea ?  Well in addition to being leaders in their respective fields, they were also contemporaries of Anthony Holborne (1545-1602) who was one of the most significant composers of the day. He composed for lute, cittern and instrumental consort during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533-1603.).

Here’s the Space Connection.
In such high regard is he held that a recording made of his music in 1976, was sent into space aboard Voyager 1 and 2 space probes in 1977. I wonder how Holborne would have reacted to his music (written in the late 1500s) as of May 2019 being 11 billion miles from earth proceeding toward the edge of the solar system and beyond.

Getting “back to earth”, today’s video is of me playing one of Holbornes pieces. This arrangement is by Adelaide’s famous Jason Waldron and is called “Lute Galliard 17”. A Galliard is a form of Renaissance dance and was popular all over Europe in the 16th century and will soon be popular again on a “galaxy far away”.

I really enjoy playing and teaching this piece so please let me know if you would like to learn it as it can customised to suit different levels and by the way, it involves “Drop D Tuning”.

It is a beautiful piece of very old music and so I my final words are
“Anthony Holborne take a bow-you really are a star!

Hope you enjoy the video.

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